Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon, circa August 1829–circa January 1830

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ined within these plates & th & these interpreters was doubtless prepared for the purpose of unfolding all such mysteries to the children of men O how marvelous are the works of Lord & how long doth he suffer with his People yea & how blind & impenetrable are the understandings of the children of men for they will not seek wisdom neither do they desire that she should rule over them yea they are as a wild flock which fleeth from the shepherd & scattereth & are driven & are devoured by the beasts of the forest
Mosiah, Chapter 6 [Mosiah 9–10]
Chapter [blank]—— The record of Zeniff
An account of his People from the time they left the land of Zarahemla untill the time that they were delivered out of the hands of the Lamanites——
I Zeniff having taught in all the language of the Nephites & having had a knowledge of the land of Nephi or of the land of our fathers first inheritance & I having been sent as a spie among the Lamanites that I might spie out their forces that our army might come upon them & destroy them but when I saw that which was good among them I was desireous that they should not be destroid therefore I contended with my Brethren in the wilderness for I would that our ruler should make a treaty with them but he being an austere & a bloodthirsty man commanded that I should be slain but I was rescued by the sheding of much blood for father faaght against father & brother against brother untill the greatest number of our army was slain destroid in the wilderness & we returned those of us that were spared to the land of Zarahemla to that tale to their wives & their children & yet I being overzealous to inherit the land of our fathers first collected as many as were desireous to go up to <​possess​> the land & started again on our journy into the wilderness to go up to the land but we were smitten with famine & sore affliction for we were slow to remember the Lord our God nevertheless after many days wandering in the wilderness we pitched our tents in the place called <​where​> our brethren were slain which was near to the land of our fathers & it came to pass that I went again with four of my men into the city in unto the king that I might know of the disposition of the king & that I might know if I might go in with my People & possess the land in peace & I went in unto the king & he covenanted with me that I might possess the land of LehiNephi & the land of Shilom & he also commanded that his People should depart out of that land & I & my People went into the land that we might possess it & we began to build buildings & to repair the walls of the City yea even the walls of the City of LihiNephi & the City of Shilom & we began to till the ground yea even with all manner of seeds with seeds of corn & of wheat & of barly & with neas & with Sheum & with seeds of all manner of fruits & we did begin to multiply & prosper in the land now it was the cunning & the craftiness of King Laman to bring my People into bondage that he yiended up the land that we might possess it therefore it came to [p. 132]
ined within these plates & these interpreters was doubtless prepared for the purpose of unfolding all such mysteries to the children of men O how marvelous are the works of Lord & how long doth he suffer with his People yea & how blind & impenetrable are the understandings of the children of men for they will not seek wisdom neither do they desire that she should rule over them yea they are as a wild flock which fleeth from the shepherd & scattereth & are driven & are devoured by the beasts of the forest
Mosiah, Chapter 6 [Mosiah 9–10]
Chapter [blank]—— The record of Zeniff
An account of his People from the time they left the land of Zarahemla untill the time that they were delivered out of the hands of the Lamanites——
I Zeniff having taught in all the language of the Nephites & having had a knowledge of the land of Nephi or of the land of our fathers first inheritance & I having been sent as a spie among the Lamanites that I might spie out their forces that our army might come upon them & destroy them but when I saw that which was good among them I was desireous that they should not be destroid therefore I contended with my Brethren in the wilderness for I would that our ruler should make a treaty with them but he being an austere & a bloodthirsty man commanded that I should be slain but I was rescued by the sheding of much blood for father faaght against father & brother against brother untill the greatest number of our army was destroid in the wilderness & we returned those of us that were spared to the land of Zarahemla to that tale to their wives & their children & yet I being overzealous to inherit the land of our fathers collected as many as were desireous to go up to possess the land & started again on our journy into the wilderness to go up to the land but we were smitten with famine & sore affliction for we were slow to remember the Lord our God nevertheless after many days wandering in the wilderness we pitched our tents in the place where our brethren were slain which was near to the land of our fathers & it came to pass that I went again with four of my men into the city in unto the king that I might know of the disposition of the king & that I might know if I might go in with my People & possess the land in peace & I went in unto the king & he covenanted with me that I might possess the land of LehiNephi & the land of Shilom & he also commanded that his People should depart out of that land & I & my People went into the land that we might possess it & we began to build buildings & to repair the walls of the City yea even the walls of the City of LihiNephi & the City of Shilom & we began to till the ground yea even with all manner of seeds with seeds of corn & of wheat & of barly & with neas & with Sheum & with seeds of all manner of fruits & we did begin to multiply & prosper in the land now it was the cunning & the craftiness of King Laman to bring my People into bondage that he yiended up the land that we might possess it therefore it came to [p. 132]
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